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Heart Beet Kitchen

Ashley Doyne, 29, a vegan, was encouraged by her parents, who are veteran restaurateurs, to open a café for people with dietary restrictions.

Lentil tacos with red salsa and guacamole.
Lentil tacos with red salsa and guacamole.
Photo by Tara Nurin

Heart Beet Kitchen
29 Haddon Avenue

Open: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Tues-Sat; brunch, Sat-Sun

Price: $ BYO

Style: Gluten-free, dairy-free, meat-free, egg-free haven with counter service, lots of sunlight and flowers in Mason jars on a community table.

The Scoop: Owner Ashley Doyne, 29, is a vegan. When she lost her job with the Philadelphia Wings lacrosse team a few years ago, her mom and stepdad, who own Max’s and Chubby’s restaurants in Gloucester City, encouraged her to open her own free-spirited café for people with dietary restrictions. In late 2015, Doyne did just that.

The Menu: The food is colorful as well as flavorful. Lentil tacos (left) come with red salsa and guacamole; pumpkin hummus comes with blue tortilla chips. Eggplant meatballs with zucchini noodles are served in a marinara; a portobello burger with caramelized onions and kale walnut pesto on gluten-free bun comes with an orange tahini kale salad. Soy- or almond-milk smoothies are decadently desserty.

Heads Up: At happy hour, $5 kombucha drafts come with a note that “kombucha makes for great mixers.” Free yoga class 9 am Saturdays.

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